Shooting survivor gets personalised Dumbledore letter
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has sent a personalised letter, reportedly in the voice of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, to shooting victim Cassidy Stay.
Stay, 15, was the sole survivor of a shooting in her Houston, Texas, home on July 9, in which an ex-family member killed both her parents and four siblings.
During a memorial for her family, held just days after the shooting, Stay spoke to the public and quoted Dumbledore from The Prisoner of Azkaban, saying "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Quickly following Stay's public appearance, a Facebook Page titled "We Want JK Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay" launched. The page currently has more than 5,300 Likes.
Rowling, it seems, heard Stay's story and was moved to send her a letter, reportedly penned in purple ink, as well as as well as an autographed copy of Harry Potter, a Hogwarts acceptance letter and a wand.
We have reached out to Rowling to confirm the authenticity of the letter.
The Houston Chronicle was able to get confirmation from Rowling's representatives but not from Stay's.
"The contents of the letter and how it came about are private and between her and Cassidy," Rowling spokeswoman Rebecca Salt told the Chronicle.
An apparent friend of Stay's told the administrator of the Facebook Page a bit about the letter.
Members of the Facebook group aren't abandoning their efforts yet though. Several posts and comments say they still hope Rowling meets Stay in person. No news yet on whether Rowling is considering a meeting.
An online fund for Stay has raised almost US$400,000 since it was launched last month.